At Arapawa, there are four accommodation options (Gunyah, School Cottage, Teacher's Hut) and Little Colonsay Beach House to match your particular needs whether it be for a family holiday, a romantic getaway or a group reunion. The Arapawa lifestyle offers a glimpse of an old world New Zealand you will never forget. You won't want to leave our little piece of paradise!

The Arapawa homestead, or Gunyah as it is also known, is the original house built in 1945 by Joe and Patty Perano as their retirement home. Refurbished in keeping wth the original 1940s character, the homestead is a fully equipped, private and cosy home-away-from-home. Gunyah sleeps up to 14 people and includes a fold-out bed and a cot for families with a younger child.

The front bedroom is furnished with an antique walnut bedroom suite that includes a double bed with feather duvet and a single bed for an extra guest. Warm and pleasant, this room offers dramatic views of Tory Channel and the West Head. Suitable for children and visiting friends, the second bedroom contains two sets of single bunks with duvets. This room features stunning ocean views. Gunyah's sleep-out contains a queen size bed, two sets of single bunk beds plus a shower and toilet. The sleep-out also doubles as a laundry and is equipped sinks, washing machine and clothes dryer. The sleep-out also has a spacious wooden deck that catches the afternoon sun.

The bathroom inside the house has a comfortable bath, from which you can admire an etched glass depiction of the Tory Channel entrance showing both an underwater scene and a view of whalers above the water. The bathroom has a separate toilet.

Gunyah has full amenities with all you need for a comfortable stay. The kitchen contains a number of modern appliances, including a microwave oven, fridge/freezer and bread maker, and the living area has a wood burner a TV, stereo and CD player.

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Sleeps 13-14
Main bedroom - 1 x double bed, 1 x single bed
Second bedroom - 2 x single bunk
Sleep out - 1 x queen bed, 2 x sets of single bunk beds, separate toilet and shower
Plus fold out bed, and cot available
Linen and towels are provided

Tarrif | Gunyah - Arapawa Homestead Minimum stay 2 nights
Summer Season (November - April inclusive)
$290.00 per night up to 5 people | $22 per night each additional person
Off Season (May - October inclusive)
$220.00 per night for up to 5 people | $22 per night for each additional person
Off Season Special - Stay 6 nights and get a 7th night FREE.

Dinghy and mooring are included in Tariff. One nights payment confirms your booking. All prices include GST.

BOOKINGS: This can be done by clicking the Bookings link above or enquire with us direct:
Restrictions | We would appreciate if smokers would smoke outside the house. Thank you for your consideration. No pets please. Please note that if you wish to leave the cleaning to us so you can just head out the door at the end of your stay, an additional $120 will be added to the tariff.

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Pearls & Paua
Arapawa Seafarms grow  paua for commercial
re-seeding and paua “abalone” pearls.
Take Paua Farm Tour.
School Cottage
This special, cosy cottage is located on the grassy flats at Whekenui Bay, Tory Channel. Sleeps 6-7.

Boat or water taxi only access to the island. It takes approximately 35 minutes from Picton by boat.

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